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Wandering the Streets of Reykjavik, Iceland

March 14, 2014

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On Sunday, we left for a 3 day trip to Reykjavik, Iceland with my parents. It was amazing! We had pretty crappy weather while we were there (snow and rain mostly) which meant that we never got to see the Northern Lights, but we still had a great time. I thought I’d separate the posts into each day that we were there as we had a fully packed trip, visiting Geysir and Gullfoss and the Blue Lagoon.

The first afternoon we were there, we just wandered around the city taking in all of the colourful houses everywhere. My favourite part of the city was definitely all of the colour – I guess you need that when it snows for pretty much half of the year. Our hotel was in the main plaza in the city centre (such a perfect location if you don’t have a car), and we had restaurants and shops within walking distance.

After we checked in, we stopped for some lunch then took a little walk up to Hallgrímskirkja Church through the main shopping area – the view from the top was absolutely amazing and inside was just as good! You could pretty much see all of Reykjavik from the viewing platform near the top. We then took a wander over to ‘The Pond’ as it’s called by the locals which was frozen over so much that we could walk on it apart from a small corner where the birds stop. By that time it was starting to get late, so we headed over to the Old Harbour to check out the restaurants and fishing boats. We stopped for a hot chocolate in a little cafe to warm ourselves up by the harbour, then headed back to the hotel for the night.

I loved the fact that it felt like you were just in a small town rather than a busy city – and you always feel so safe! The locals are super friendly too.

Have you been to Reykjavik before?

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    Nikki | The Ginger Diaries
    March 14, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    ooh, look at all the colorful houses! Very beautiful photos April. Iceland has been on my must-visit list for a while now. Unfortunately my boyfriend prefers the South over the North. I’ve never been more north than Amsterdam, haha! xo

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      April
      March 14, 2014 at 5:19 pm

      I’m exactly the same – I hate the cold, but I’d heard such amazing things about Iceland and seeing everyone’s photos made me want to visit, so I just booked it hahaha! It wasn’t actually as bad as I thought it was going to be (I did buy snow boots and a super thick jacket), but we’re definitely planning a holiday somewhere hot next time hah! 🙂
      I’m sure he’d love it when he gets there haha! 😉

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    Niken
    March 14, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    gorgeous pictures!
    i really love the colourful buildings!!! i hope i can visit iceland soon!!!

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      April
      March 17, 2014 at 7:00 am

      They really were amazing! And all the different designs they had too! I’d definitely recommend it!

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    niina
    March 15, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Beautiful pictures! I really want to go to Iceland some day, it’s the only nordic country I haven’t been to yet 🙂

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      April
      March 17, 2014 at 7:01 am

      Oh wow! I’d love to visit some other nordic countries since visiting Iceland.

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    Steph
    March 16, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous photos!! Iceland looks stunning. So glad you enjoyed your trip 🙂 xo

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      April
      March 17, 2014 at 7:01 am

      Thank you! It really was amazing! 🙂

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    Lyndsey
    March 18, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Oh my GOODNESS IT IS SO ABSOLUTELY STUNNING THERE. Like, the beauty is just unbelievable. I’ve never thought about traveling to Iceland, but I’ve always heard of the beautiful creature sightings there.

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      April
      March 21, 2014 at 6:54 am

      I know right?! I’d never really thought about it either, then I kept seeing blog posts about people visiting and how stunning it looked and then was just casually browsing holidays and found an amazing deal for Iceland.
      Seriously, if you ever get the chance to visit – I would! So good! 🙂

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